State: Voters wishing to switch parties must do so by May 15

Nathan Oster

For voters and candidates alike, some significant dates on the 2024 election calendar are approaching.

The filing period for municipal, county, state and federal offices that will appear on the Aug. 20 primary election ballot opens Thursday, May 16, and closes at 5 p.m. Friday, May 31.

Candidates for municipal office may file at town hall, county candidates may file at the courthouse, and state and federal candidates may do so with the Secretary of State’s office.

If you did not vote in the 2022 general election, you may register in advance with any municipal clerk or the county clerk, or at the polls on election day.

The big change this year is that voters who would like to change their party affiliation must do so before 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 15. No party affiliation changes will be accepted between May 16 and the primary election. To do so, contact either a municipal clerk or the county clerk.

Voters living outside a town who are not affiliated with a major party will not be permitted to vote in the primary election.

As of May 1, 2024, Big Horn County had 4,837 registered voters, according to the Wyoming Secretary of State’s website.  By party, it breaks down to 4,373 Republicans, 221 Democrats, 22 Libertarians, 10 Constitution and 211 “unaffiliated” voters.

The filing period for seats on the boards of special districts, such as school, hospital, rural health and cemetery, among others, opens Aug. 7 and closes Aug. 26.